NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says she’s able to ignore constant online trolling but is worried the practice is getting worse.
Ms Berejiklian insists she isn’t fazed by the barrage of personal attacks on her social media pages but argues trolling is bad for democracy. “Generally speaking some aspects of social media are getting far worse, there’s no doubt about that,” the Liberal leader told AAP days out from Saturday’s state election.
“I ignore it, but I do genuinely worry about the impact it has on younger people, people who don’t have my resilience, people who haven’t been in public life.”
Ms Berejiklian said it was her job as premier to “bring people together” and criticised her opponent, Labor leader Michael Daley, for singling out a race of people and accusing them of taking local jobs.
“Words matter and when you use a particular group of people as a scapegoat that actually causes a lot of hurt,” she said in an extended interview.
“I’ve been at the receiving end, I know what it’s like.”
The premier accused Mr Daley of “crossing the line” after vision emerged of him telling a September pub forum that Asian migrants were taking local jobs.
“I know what it’s like when you feel a comment is made that’s hurtful to you and I don’t want to cause any more hurt to people,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“That is just absolutely unacceptable, as leaders our job is to bring people together to be inclusive.”